Village Centenary - Fairacre, Bk 15 Author:Miss Read Village Centenary welcomes readers back to Miss Read’s cozy English downland village just in time for the hundredth anniversary of Fairacre Shool. Miss Clare, who was a pupil and later a teacher there, points out that such a milestone should be celebrated, and all of Fairacre is quick to offer suggestions—from a tea par... more »ty to a full-scale pageant.
Deciding how best to stage the grand occasion, however, is only one of Miss Read’s problems. The new teacher, Miss Briggs, fresh from college and full of idealistic theories, proves a thorn in Miss Read’s side. Plus: Miriam Quinn is afraid she might have to leave home; the vicar has decided to keep bees; the ancient skylight in the school is leaking; and Mrs. Pringle is her usual dour self.
But as the seasons continue to change, the centenary year unfolds—with all its hopes and fears, memories and feuds, and friendships that make the tough times so much easier to bear.« less
I simply adore all the Miss Read books but I would suggest trying to read them in more or less chronologic fashion. That way, you get to know the characters and understand the references to past events. When you do, each book is like returning home to a warm community of friends. I'd love to live in Fairacre or Thrush Green and I wish I know all these people (well, maybe except Miss Pringle!)
Having said that, I will admit this isn't the absolute best of the series, but still a charming and pleasant book.
I first listened to these books on tape from the library then went out and bought copies for myself. I read the Thrush Green series and really liked them. But a friend of mine said she preferred the Fairacre series. Once I had read all of them, I had to agree. As much as I like Thrush Green, I liked Fairacre even more. I don't really prefer any title to another. I just like reading the whole series. It feels like visiting old friends.
If this story was written any "cuter" it could curdle milk. One of the blurbs on the cover - by Jan Karon - states a warm comparison to the Mitford series. Uh-uh! The entire story hangs on whether or not you can get to know the characters - I couldn't.